Dairy Farmers of Canada

Baked Manicotti (Cooking Club Size)

This is a good recipe for a cooking club as the various steps can be divided up to shorten the preparation time. Once assembled, cover and take home to bake.

  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cooking: 1 h
Yields 24 manicotti
baked manicotti cooking club size


  • Sauce
  • 1 lb (450 g) lean ground beef
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic cloves minced
  • 2 cans (28 oz /796 mL each) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (5 1/2 oz/156 mL) tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) dried basil
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) dried oregano
  • 1 tsp (10 mL) salt
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) sugar
  • Pepper to taste
  • Filling
  • 1 Container (1 lb/450 g) Canadian Ricotta cheese
  • 4 cups (1 L) shredded Canadian Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup (250 mL) grated Canadian Parmesan cheese
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • Garnish
  • 3 cups (750 mL) grated Canadian Parmesan cheese
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In large saucepan, cook beef, onion and garlic on medium-high heat until meat is browned, about 10 minutes, drain. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, salt, sugar and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook manicotti (in batches) according to package directions; drain, rinse in cold water, drain.

Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Add eggs, parsley, salt and pepper. Fill manicotti shells with cheese filling.

Divide sauce into 6 portions. Spread 1 portion each on the bottom of three 7 x 11 -inch (18 x 28 cm) dishes (or similar size pans that will fit 8 manicotti in a single layer). Arrange 8 stuffed manicotti in each pan. Spread remaining sauce over the manicotti. Cover pans with foil, refrigerate until ready to bake.


Cooking Club Tip:Pack the additional Parmesan cheese separately. Provide these baking instructions with each pan of manicotti. When ready to serve, preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Bake covered for 30 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake, uncovered until heated through, 10 to 15 minutes.

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